Scooting out to a two-touchdown lead at 21-7 in the first quarter, the Denton Broncos looked as if they were on their way to breaking the four-way tie atop District 5-5A. Denton’s Xavier Scott rushed for 272 yards and four touchdowns; however, the Broncos’ defense only forced three Azle punts all night as the Hornets rushed for 358 yards on the road to cap off a 55-34 victory at Bronco Field.
The Denton Broncos had an opportunity to pull off a tremendous comeback Oct. 16 at Wichita Falls Rider, but they came up short for their first loss of the season.
With a change to the playoff format in Class 5A, the Denton tennis team has been the beneficiary of two added playoff spots. But with matches against Fort Worth Brewer and Azle to end the season, the Broncos had to earn the chance to enjoy the thrill of the playoffs. They delivered, winning both team matches, which secured them the No. 3 seed in the area tournament today against the No. 2 seed from District 5-6A, Saginaw.
After Denton’s season-defining win against Saginaw Boswell a week ago, the Broncos were set on not letting the success get to their heads. Against District 5-5A unbeaten Fort Worth Brewer on Friday at Bronco Field, Denton had its best start to a game this season with standout performances from quarterback Christian Rodriguez, wideout Key’Andre Hearvey and a stout defense as it defeated the Bears 50-14 to remain the only undefeated team left in the district while moving to 6-0 for the first time since 1987.
Waiting until the last play of the game to grasp hold of a 5-0 start and 2-0 start in District 5-5A with their 47-43 win against Saginaw, the Denton Broncos are riding high. But coach Kevin Atkinson doesn’t want to see his team regress after their biggest win in recent program history when they face the other district unbeaten team in Fort Worth Brewer at homecoming today at Bronco Field.
It had been 21 years since Denton High School’s football team started a season 5-0, and not only are this year’s Broncos’ winning ways breeding confidence on the field, but their success has infused the school with a spirit and pride that haven’t been seen in a long time.
Denton coach Danielle Kading insists this season isn’t about redemption for the Lady Broncos. Prior to Friday’s key District 5-5A match against Saginaw Boswell, Kading said she was reminded that her team had a chance at redemption against the Lady Pioneers — who ousted Denton in the first round of last year’s Class 4A playoffs. That was the least of Kading’s concerns, though.
The Denton Broncos biggest game of the season so far gave them their closest challenge, with the game coming down to the final play. Saginaw Boswell had the ball at the seven-yard line with time for one last play, but Denton’s Key’Andre Hearvey deflected the final pass in the right corner of the end zone to secure a 5-0 start for the Broncos and a 47-43 victory at Bronco Field on Friday.
Denton coach Kevin Atkinson wasn’t willing to proclaim that his team would start the season undefeated through their first four games, but as the Broncos prepare to face their stiffest test of the season today at home against Saginaw Boswell, Atkinson thinks his team is right where he expected them to be.
FORT WORTH — Everything the Denton Broncos did in preparation for Friday’s district-opening showdown on the road against Saginaw Chisholm Trail was done with one word in mind — fast. The Broncos used an early Chisholm Trail turnover and a quick score to get themselves off on the right foot on the way to a two-possession lead at halftime, as they eventually defeated the Rangers 50-14 to move to 4-0 on the season.
The Denton Broncos have shot out to a perfect nondistrict start, showing off a balanced offense and a dynamic defense. But when they face Saginaw Chisholm Trail on the road today, they’re preparing to start the first of two new seasons — the district schedule and the playoffs.
In a showdown between two District 5-5A unbeatens, the Denton Lady Broncos waited until the last minute to pull a victory out of the fire as they overcame visiting Wichita Falls Rider 25-20, 25-22, 23-25, 28-30, 17-15 on Tuesday night.
Through the first two weeks of the season, the Denton Broncos have earned the wins they’ve desired, but the games haven’t exactly started according to plan. Against Carrollton Creekview today in their first home game of the season, the Broncos will look to start fast and head into their bye week with a perfect 3-0 record.
Junior outside hitter Kenzie Dozier credited her setters and the defense for why she had such a productive game against Keller Fossil Ridge on Tuesday. With District 5-5A play just around the corner, Dozier’s team-leading 13 kills helped the Lady Broncos rediscover some much-needed chemistry on the way to a swift sweep of the Lady Panthers 25-14, 25-14, 25-19.
GRANBURY — The Denton Broncos have a saying they repeat frequently. “Run to win.” After leading his team to its first win of the season against Wilmer-Hutchins, junior running back Xavier Scott found a way to outdo himself. Scott rushed for 304 yards and five touchdowns to guide the Broncos to a 48-28 win over Granbury in a turnover-laden tilt on the road on Friday.
DALLAS — Junior running back Xavier Scott had only fumbled twice in his varsity career heading into the Broncos’ season-opening game at Wilmer-Hutchins on Friday. On Denton’s first offensive possession of the game, Scott fumbled to squander supreme field position away at the Eagles’ 20-yard line. But that didn’t deter Scott from refocusing and putting the team on his shoulders to the tune of 160 yards and three touchdowns as the Broncos took down Wilmer-Hutchins 28-14.
ARGYLE — Falling behind 2-1 with a razor-thin loss to Denton in the third set, the Argyle Lady Eagles had lost their aggressive demeanor. Rediscovering their enthusiasm and offensive purpose, the Lady Eagles fought back and edged out the Lady Broncos in the decisive fifth set for a 25-20, 21-25, 29-31, 25-17, 16-14 victory Tuesday.
Derek Thompson, North Texas’ former starting quarterback, has agreed to be the lead plaintiff in a federal antitrust lawsuit alleging that the NCAA and its member conferences have conspired to deny college athletes adequate compensation for their performances.
The unfinished email Ryan coach Cindy Williams started Wednesday morning was still open on her computer that afternoon.
In Denton’s season opener against visiting Liberty Christian on Tuesday, the Lady Broncos wrote a similar script in each of the three sets.
In their first fall practice of the season and their third under coach Kevin Atkinson, the Denton Broncos are buying into the core football principles and acclimating to the team’s standards.
Lake Dallas coach Michael Young has plenty of reasons to be excited and optimistic as the Falcons begin football workouts today. For starters, a lot of his sophomore starters from a 6-4 2013 campaign are now juniors with more experience under their belts. Also, while there are not a ton of new faces on the roster, the Falcons have fresh faces to go up against once the season begins in less than three weeks.
Derek Thompson knew that if he didn’t play football beyond his days at North Texas he would follow in his mother’s footsteps and coach on the high school level.
From the first summer workout to the last game of the season, Denton’s Ryan Dunlevy has cultivated a winning attitude and a family atmosphere with his energy and expectations.
The Sanger softball team matched last season’s run to the Class 3A Region II semifinals with a handful of star players this season who led a young Lady Indians team with several starting freshmen.
Through some down years and Denton’s recent run of success, coach Scott Heffley has seen the boys soccer team lose and regain its grasp on the fundamentals.